Montevideo's Locks Fountain

We've just begun exploring Uruguay's beautiful capital city, Montevideo. On our first day walking around we came across its special fountain dedicated especially for love padlocks.

Situated in a somewhat unromantic location on the busiest commercial street, Avenida 18 de Julio, the fountain is decorated with hundreds of locks painted with lovers' initials.

The plaque on the fountain reads, "The legend of this young fountain tells us that if a lock with the initials of two people in love is placed in it, they will return together to the fountain and their love will be forever locked."

This is actually the first time we've seen love padlocks despite their being a worldwide phenomenon. I wonder how many of these couples are actually still together?

Where is your favourite love monument in the world and what is it?

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Anita Mac

Huge fan of the love locks….looks like a new bucket list coming my way…love locks around the world!! Thanks for the tip!

Inspiring Travellers

I’ve seen them here and in Estonia now…and friends tell me some people put them on the Brooklyn Bridge…I think so many places have them now – good luck with your search! =)

bo

there is another city that has such a thing .. the beautiful Rome precisely the Milvian bridge! If you want to make eternal love your holidays in Italy could be just fine!

Inspiring Travellers

I loved Rome – I only had the opportunity to spend a few days there but it is my number one city on my re-visit list!

bo

If you are interested there is still one to five lands in Liguria in Italy .. always obvious! 🙂

bo

sure..why not??

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

I think they are banned in a lot of places…this one is actually allowed =)

Dina VagabondQuest

Very cute, I think this is much cuter than any love monument I’ve seen. Wait, I can’t remember any, anything other than illegal graffiti that exist around the world.

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

It was cute! Since writing this people have told us about gum monuments to love and some other things, but have only seen this one for myself. =)

Katrina

 I saw many of these locks in Naples, up on the hills of the city where you could take in the view of Vesuvio during the day and the lit up city and Bay of Naples at night.  My (then) bf explained to me what they were, along with an eye roll and a head shake.  We never did set one up for ourselves, but maybe just being around them in such a magical atmosphere is contagious.  After all, he’s my hubby now. 😉

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

That’s sweet! =) Everyone has been saying they are very popular in Italy. I think it might be nice to leave one as long as it is in a designated place and won’t cause damage…after all, you don’t want someone cutting your lock down. That must be some kind of bad omen…

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